Norma Jean
O' God The Aftermath


3.5
great

Review

by Tanner Lichty (Twlichty) USER (7 Reviews)
July 28th, 2011 | 194 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Your argument about these guys stealing from Botch is almost as redundant as this album.

When approaching an album like O’ God The Aftermath, it is important to take into account the genre that the album falls under and influences that Norma Jean took in order to craft such an album. Mathcore, a genre many elitists claim does not exist, was pretty much created by a band know as Botch, and it is probably true that no band in the genre will ever reach the level of intensity and perfection that Botch achieved on their magnum opus, We Are The Romans. It can be argued that bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge certainly did more than their fair share to expand and better the genre of Mathcore, but it’s obvious that Norma Jean was attempting a sound more comparable to Botch’s sound when writing O’ God The Aftermath. While many claim Norma Jean’s O’ God The Aftermath is a copy and paste job of We Are the Romans, I see it rather as an evolution of the genre. O’ God The Aftermath focuses on the off-beat riffs and dissonance that can be so clearly heard in Botch’s music, but Norman Jean manages to take those influences and infuses them with their love of metalcore breakdowns and riffage. The result is a collection songs that turn out to be far more groovy and brutal than those of Botch’s.

Does anyone even remember or listen to Bless The Martyr, And Kiss The Child? I would kind of hope not, mostly because that album is full of garbage. Props go to Norma Jean for realizing the flaws of their debut album and completely improving their sound on their sophomore effort. Some of the biggest flaws on their debut album were the vocals and the lack of any sort of technicality. Both of those fatal flaws are improved upon in this release. Cory Brandan takes up vocal duty’s after the departure of former vocalist Josh Scogin, now vocalist for hardcore band The Chariot, and it is a welcome addition to the band. His screams are raw and unrelenting which fits the chaotic nature of the music perfectly. He also displays some pretty epic singing on the track Bayonetwork, something that their debut album did not contain but the band utilized more and more on later releases. The technicality in this album is the most noticeable improvement for the band. While the musicianship on Bless The Martyr, And Kiss The Child felt uninspired and was carried out by an inexperienced sounding band, O’god the aftermath showcases some mind-bending guitar riffs and drumming carried out by a more confident group of musicians.

While it’s an enjoyable album in which the band stepped up their game immensely, there are still very obvious flaws. Redundancy is a rampant virus in the metalcore community, and this album is most definitely infected. Every song pretty much contains the same things: intensity, dissonance, off-beat rhythms and breakdowns. I don’t see this album as 11 different songs; instead I see the album as one entity. It’s clear that Norma Jean knew exactly what kind of sound they were going for, and chose to have every song meet the same criteria. This can be a good thing for listeners who enjoy this type of music, but if you’re looking for an album that contains many different ideas and experimentation then look somewhere else. The best way to enjoy this album is by accepting the fact that there is a very one-dimensional sound at work here, but Norma Jean executes it with precision and intense passion. If you approach it with the right state of mind this is an album that you will enjoy, and make you want to break sh*t in a furious rage.

O’ God The Aftermath is probably my favorite Norma Jean record and I think it’s an album where they really found their sound. Listening to the album all the way through will probably bore most listeners, but this album is still a worthy addition to your music collection even if you just throw a song from this album on every once in a while. Fans of dissonant Hardcore, Mathcore and raw Metalcore will love this album and will most likely learn to respect the ideas that Norma Jean had going. All the songs sound pretty much the same so it’s kind of hard to choose a best song off the record, but for me Coffinspire is the high point of the album. The song is a collision of every good idea Norma Jean came up with in this album and is probably one of the greatest hardcore songs of all time. Hell this album even won a Grammy.



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Relinquished
July 28th 2011


34375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does anyone even remember or listen to Bless The Martyr, And Kiss The Child?


yes actually I used to listen to that a lot back then. your technicality flaw for that album is full of shit.

wyankeif1337
July 28th 2011


6739 Comments


on one hand i enjoyed reading the review, but on the other hand it feels a bit too personal.

TomArnoldsArmpit
July 28th 2011


3081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"created by a band know as Botch"





twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

fair enough...





i know i already look like quite the dumb ass for posing that other review that just says "other" as

the artist...

twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

relinquished- "I used to listen to that a lot BACK THEN"

Relinquished
July 28th 2011


34375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why the hell did you repeat what I said

twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i was asking the reader if they STILL remember/listen to the record... you say you USED to enjoy it.



that album blows dude

Relinquished
July 28th 2011


34375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I USED to listen to it A LOT back then, never said that I don't enjoy it now



I get why one might dislike the album, but saying that an album is bad because it's not technical enough is bullshit.

twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

SO many CAPITALS



anyways, yeah just based on what i hear when comparing the two albums i decided that they became way more technical on this release... and technicality matters a lot to me in hardcore/metal/math music. That's WHY i listen to those genres

Masochist
July 28th 2011


8572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still love this album (and Norma Jean), regardless of what others think of it. Of course, I haven't heard 'We Are The Romans', so I never thought of this album as a carbon copy...which probably allowed me to enjoy it much more than a lot of others. My favorite songs on here are "Liarsenic" and "Disconnecktie."



Good review.

twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks mang, i would suggest you check out We Are The Romans, it's kinda like this but offers much more variety. Yeah Norma Jean is still an enjoyable band and this album kicks ass

Jips
July 28th 2011


1139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my avatar has been bless the martyr since i joined sputnik... and still hold that its their best album... at the very least Memphis will be laid to waste is their best song...



i kinda think your arguments are unfounded but then again i am a self admitted scogin fan boy and wont pretend to be unbiased on the subject...

Jips
July 28th 2011


1139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also the summary for the other review is win...

twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

agreed andcas, their sound on this album is ferocious.

twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste is an excellent song, no doubt about that. This however is their best

album in my opinion.

twlichty
July 28th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah i feel kinda bad for not even mentioning that track in my review. It's such an essential part of the album.

ffs
July 29th 2011


5189 Comments


never want to listen to this because of the song titles

jmh886
July 29th 2011


1631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album kicks ass. eff the haters. dont give a shit if it sounds like botch. there are a million albums that sound like other bands. each band cant have their own separate genre...

kingjulian
July 29th 2011


1386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dood the vocals on this album are freaking atrocious. Cory's screams don't possess a single iota of dynamic or range (tho he's gotten better since this album). There's some shining moments on here but the vocals and production suck so hard.



Also,



The Chariot > Norma Jean



Review's not too bad, tho.

twlichty
July 29th 2011


3625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Vocals and production are pretty shabby compared to most music, but i think it fits this style of music well. It's a very raw record and that's what i like about it. The Chariot's newest album is decent, but Norma Jean is way better than them



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